Protecting you from data pirates

[Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2018] Online data theft has become an unsettling reality of modern life. From the 500 million accounts hacked at Yahoo to the 148 million Americans victimized by Equifax, internet pirates are bent on plunder — and too many U.S. businesses are unwilling to mount a vigorous defense. The Republican-controlled Congress has talked tough but has done basically nothing to stop the assault. While there has been a recent international focus on data privacy — and rightly so — in the wake of a political firm acquiring private data on millions …

San Francisco has no interest in banning electric scooters

[Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, April 19, 2018] San Francisco has been a transportation innovator since Andrew Smith Hallidie invented the cable car in 1873. We shouldn’t stop now. Our growing city needs that innovation to continue to thrive, but innovation must be appropriately balanced with public safety. It cannot come at the price of shattered teeth, broken bones or worse. The latest entrant on the transportation scene — electric scooters — can be a safe, green, complementary piece to the range of transportation choices in San Francisco. For that to happen, e-scooter companies such as Bird, …

Protect the bay — and a neighborhood

By Dennis Herrera
[Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, May 10, 2006]
The Regional Water Quality Control Board is scheduled to vote today on whether to accept the recommendation of its staff and approve a permit that would allow Mirant Corp. to continue operating its Potrero power plant in San Francisco out of compliance with environmental standards until June 30, 2011. The board should reject the permit.

SAVE THE DAM

By Dennis Herrera
[Originally published in the Aug. 17-23, 2005 edition of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.]
IN A RECENT guest editorial for the San Francisco Chronicle, John Garamendi, a potential candidate for lieutenant governor, endorsed a plan to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for the purpose of restoring the granite valley to what it was nearly a century ago. Garamendi’s endorsement aims to add heft to what had been a lightly regarded proposal and to elevate the profile of a seemingly appealing, frightfully bad idea to one worthy of consideration by California voters and policy makers.

The ‘New’ New Federalism

By Dennis Herrera
[Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, January 3, 2005]
When Ronald Reagan used his 1983 State of the Union Address to foreshadow a sweeping proposal to devolve vast powers from the federal government back to states and localities, he described his New Federalism initiative as an effort “to restore to states and local governments their roles as dynamic laboratories of change in a creative society.”

Republicans’ Attacks on Probity of Federal Judiciary Are Un-American

By Dennis Herrera
[Originally published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal, November 22, 2004]
FOR THE 48 percent of American voters justifiably concerned about Bush administration claims to an electoral “mandate” as a result of the Nov. 2 election, last week presented still another example of political arrogance, this one far more troubling.

Bailout Makes the Case for Public Power

By Dennis Herrera
[Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2003]
Far from the wild-eyed, socialistic power-grab routinely portrayed by well-funded political campaigns over the years, public power in San Francisco is a civic principle firmly enshrined by City Charter. As section 16. 101 states: “It is the declared purpose and intention of the people of the city and county, when public interest and necessity demand, that public utilities shall be gradually acquired and ultimately owned by the city and county.”

Insurers must comply with Prop. 103

By John Russo, Dennis Herrera & Rocky Delgadillo
[Originally published in the Alameda Times-Star, Oakland Tribune and Daily Journals, July 5, 2003]
Consider this: a young, single man living in Oakland’s upscale Montclair district pays $3,400 per year for car insurance. But if that same driver, with the same driving record and number of years behind the wheel, moved five miles down the hill to the predominantly Latino Fruitvale neighborhood, he would pay $1,000 more for the same insurance.